Originally published Monday, June 11, 2018 at 06:00a.m.

In 2016 Prescott Unified School District opened the Family Resource Center. Since then, the center has moved locations to the new District Office, stuffed hundreds of backpacks, and provided ongoing services to over 500 students and families.

“Students are so excited to be ready for school and the center is here to help all year long,” said Mardi Reed, Assistant Superintendent. “Even teachers can reach out on behalf of students as the year progresses.”

What was started as a three year AmeriCorps VISTA project, has bloomed into a community of support, with a mission of “empowering students to succeed by providing resources to the whole family.”

“I don’t think there is a more generous community than Prescott anywhere, at least in regard to supporting our schools,” said Joe Howard, PUSD Superintendent. “The donation of school supplies has always put support where it is needed in terms of helping kids and families that simply don’t have the resources.”

As classrooms are modernizing, the needed supplies for students are ever evolving. There is higher demand for items like, headphones, calculators, and shared classroom supplies.

“It can be a strain on the center to buy these items when we survive largely on community donations,” said Rebecca Wood, AmeriCorps VISTA working for PUSD to oversee the center. “But we believe even if a supply goes to a classroom, it is also going to a kid.”

The Family Resource Center is open throughout the summer to assist families getting ready for back to school. Please call (928) 830-7658 to make an appointment.

If you are interested in donating please call or stop by the District Office.

Donation needs:

•Band-Aids

•Calculators (Basic and High-Tech)

•Colored Pencils (24 pack)

•Copy Paper (plain and/or colored)

•Crayons (Crayola 24 pack)

•Dry Erase Markers (black and blue)

•Hand Sanitizer

•Headphones

•Kleenex

•Ticonderoga Pencils

•Walmart Gift Cards (these cover what is missing)

Information provided by the Prescott Unified School District Family Resource Center.